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To get the best of Reynolds performance at an affordable price point, you can look to the Strike SLG Clincher Wheelset to cover your aero road and tri needs. 

Reynolds gave these wheels a bit of a makeover, so that you will find the Strike SLG deep dish 2015 version slightly less deep than in previous years. Now with a 62 mm rim depth, you will get all the aero advantages without having to worry about instability in cross winds. On design feature that is essential for this wheel’s performance is the Swirl Lip Generator (SLG). It is a 0.9mm lip that is placed on the sidewall of the rim near to the spoke face. It effectively minimizes the pressure drag that the wheels suffer. The turbulent air is aided in passing over the wheel and the reattaching at the spoke face. By creating a small layer of turbulent air flowing over the smooth air at the rim, the wheels will be much more efficient about cutting through the wind. Not only will this effect make you less visible to the wind, but it improves the bike’s stability in cross winds.

For the actual lay-up of the carbon rim, Reynolds turns to their PR3 or Performance Rim 3 technology. It is a precise method of assigning different carbon fiber and lay-ups to five different regions of the rim. The type of fiber, epoxy and resin will be used according to what will be required of each part of the rim to achieve the ideal tensile strength, stiffness and protraction of each wheel. Then to give the Strike SLGs the best braking track possible, Reynolds has used their CTg technology. CTg stands for Cryogenic Glass Transition. Essentially this is their fully integrated system that pairs the specially designed carbon fiber rim to the proprietary polymer brake pad. These two components work together to result in a cooler braking system compared to carbon rim competition. Reynolds claims up to 53% cooler braking than standard carbon rim-pad set ups. Though that might be hard to quantify when you’re on the bike, what you will be able to feel is just how responsive the braking is, especially if you are careening down and unknown 20K descent, and apt to rely on your brakes a little more than you would on your local stomping grounds. This is possible due to the hybrid carbon fiber laminate used for the brake track, as well as the Cyro-Blue Power polymer brake pads. The acronym CTg might not say much to you, but it concerns how the carbon is layered and angled along the brake track, and the temperature at which the resin that holds the carbon is turned to liquid.  Heat build-up stops being the issues, and your braking will not be compromised.

The Cyro-Blue Power polymer brake pads form the other essential component of this CTg system. They are so integral that they are delivered with every Reynolds wheel, and using any other pad immediately voids any Reynolds warranty. The Cyro-Blue Power are a step ahead of the regular Cyro-Blue pads because they have been designed to improve stopping power. Co-engineered with Brakco Technology, which is an industry OEM brake pad leader, the Cyro-Blue Power pads are sleeker and more aerodynamic with a tapered design that offers 44% greater braking surface compared to the regular Cyro-Blue, which was already a great pad. You’ll notice looking at the pad that there are six angled slots which serve a couple of purposes. The slots are designed to allow air to channel through, aiding in the cooling process while they also work to disperse and channel any water away from the rim, which will keep the braking responsive and accurate even in rainy conditions.

Keeping in line with the current trend for wider tires, the Strike rim has a 25mm external width which is perfect if you want to run 25mm tires, or if you are planning on using these for your triathlons as well, you can run 23mm tires and have the added aero benefit that will bring. The hub is a Reynolds proprietary straight pull. There are sixteen radially laced spokes in the front and twenty spokes in the rear, with the non-drive side radially laced. The wheels have external nipples to make maintenance much easier in the event you need to true them; you won’t have to worry about taking the tire off.

Reynolds recognizes that when you shell out real money for a pair of dream wheels, you’re going to want to have some extra protection. So in addition to the limited warranty that comes with the purchase, they have also developed a program by which you can buy yourself some extra piece of mind. Called the Reynolds Assurance Program (RAP), it is wheel insurance that you can purchase on the Reynolds website within 30 days of purchasing your wheels. It provides two years of coverage above and beyond the regular warranty and the crash replacement program, offering a no-questions-asked replacement. RAP costs $250 for these wheels, though the premium RZR line will run you a little more at $750.

The Reynolds Strike SLG Clincher Wheelset have a depth that will make them perfect for your race day time trials, but they are so durable and comfortable that you will be confident enough to use them even as your everyday wheels. They are compatible with Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo.

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